Overview

Hazardous, clinical, business and bulky waste cannot be collected through household waste and recycling services.

Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste includes:

  • clinical waste
  • chemicals
  • asbestos
  • electrical items

Hazardous waste does not include:

  • dog waste
  • incontinence pads
  • nappies
  • sanitary towels

The following hazardous wastes can be taken to either of Bexley’s reuse and recycling centres for safe disposal or recycling:

  • asbestos
  • car tyres
  • car batteries
  • electrical items
  • empty gas bottles
  • engine oil
  • household batteries
  • fluorescent tubes and light bulbs

Only wastes from household sources will be accepted and restrictions will apply on the volumes that are accepted.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal service (HWCDS) - The City of London provides a collection service on our behalf. They will collect wrapped asbestos and hazardous chemicals, such as:

  • pesticides
  • petrol
  • paraffin
  • diesel
  • creosote
  • paint strippers

Asbestos

The most commonly found form of asbestos in homes is corrugated roof sheets but can be found in other items such as:

  • water tanks
  • drainage pipes
  • when broken up, asbestos is a serious hazard as inhaling asbestos fibres can cause respiratory diseases

If you are having building work done on your property, you may need to use a licensed contractor to carry out this work safely.

If removing asbestos yourself from your property small amounts can be collected by the Hazardous Waste Collection Service.

Where can I dispose of my Asbestos?

Asbestos can be brought to either of the reuse and recycling centres but ensure it is safely contained either by double bagging or securely wrapping it using heavy duty polythene.

  • asbestos water tanks are not accepted 
  • if you discover hazardous waste that has been fly-tipped or left on the highway report it online. Do not touch or attempt to move any hazardous waste that you discover
  • anything that requires batteries or a plug is classified as WEEE and cannot be disposed of through household waste collections

Clinical waste

A separate collection service is provided for clinical waste such as syringes, catheters, stoma pouches, dialysis waste and contaminated dressings.

The clinical waste collection service should not be used to dispose of incontinence pads. These should be double-bagged and placed in the green wheelie bin.

Sharps collection

Customers will be provided with secure sharps boxes for the collection of the following items:

  • syringe needles
  • broken glass
  • any other contaminated disposable sharp instrument or item
  • there are two sizes of sharps containers - 0.6 litres and 4 litres. Containers will be delivered two at a time
  • once one container is full and one is almost full request a collection
  • sharps containers will only be collected when full or nearly full
  • do not place sharps containers out next to your household waste or recycling

Fly tipping

Fly tipping is the illegal disposal of waste on land.

  • those found guilty of fly tipping can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or a prison sentence, for each deposit of waste
  • know what day your dustbin is emptied and put non-recyclable waste into the wheeled bin provided 
  • do not place refuse bags outside of your wheeled bin as these will not be collected
  • if there is too much waste for the refuse bin or recycling containers are missing, contact Customer Services
  • only put waste out when the collection is due
  • large household items to be disposed of can be taken to either of the Reuse and Recycling Centres or arrange for the council to collect them for a small charge
  • it is the responsibility of private land owners or occupiers to have fly tipping and excess waste cleared